• Hunter McRae
  • Zac Brown on stage at Blackbaud on Daniel Island, 2011

The lineup for the Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music and Food Festival has been finalized, and just like last year, the 2012 fest offers up an eclectic mix. Brown and company have lassoed the Avett Brothers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Jerry Douglas, Los Lonely Boys, and The Wailers for the Oct. 20-21 gig at Blackbaud Stadium. Last year’s festival didn’t disappoint, offering up wildly entertaining music and incredible food prepared by one of the nation’s top chefs. The tickets are $109 for general admission and $139 for the pit, while a $99 upgrade will get you in the VIP area, where there are complimentary beverages, a dinner buffet, and snacks throughout the day. If you don’t have the cash, but you still want to go, you’ll be pleased to know that AMC is offering a contest for free tickets and a backstage meet-and-greet with the Zac Brown Band and the stars of the wild west drama Hell on Wheels. To enter the contest, head toamctv.com/sweeps/raisehellamc. —Kathryn Parton